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Sweet and Spicy Hoisin Cashew Chicken
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
You can put together this delicious Sweet and Spicy Hoisin Cashew Chicken in 30 minutes with just a few simple ingredients and it tastes much better than takeout!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Cashew Chicken
Servings: 6
Calories: 449 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 4 medium garlic cloves finely minced
  • 2 tablespoon finely grated ginger
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • cup hoisin sauce
  • cup honey
  • ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce divided
  • ½-1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce
  • teaspoon corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon cold butter divided into 4 pieces
  • 1-1¼ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • ½ cup salted roasted cashews
  1. Heat the sesame and olive oil in a medium-large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and ginger and lower the heat slightly. Cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  2. Add the chicken broth, hoisin sauce, honey, 3 tablespoons of soy sauce and the chili garlic sauce to the pan. Combine the remaining tablespoon of soy sauce and the cornstarch in a separate bowl and set aside.
  3. Bring the broth mixture in the pan to a boil and cook for 8-10 minutes, maintaining a steady boil, until the sauce has thickened nicely and coats the back of a spoon.
  4. While the sauce is simmering prep the chicken. Slice each breast thinly into bite-size pieces. If your chicken breasts are large and thick, cut them in half horizontally by placing your non-dominant hand on top of the breast and slicing it into two fairly equal thinner portions then slice each half thinly into bite-size pieces. Set aside.
  5. When the sauce is thickened, add the butter, one piece at a time, stirring until each piece is melted before adding the next. Add the chicken, cashews and cornstarch mixture and stir to evenly distribute the chicken. Return to a simmer then cover and turn off the heat. Allow the pan to sit (covered) for 5 minutes. (The thin slices of chicken will cook nicely in the residual heat.)
  6. Serve with jasmine rice and fresh basil, mint and/or cilantro leaves.
Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Sweet and Spicy Hoisin Cashew Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 449 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 107mg36%
Sodium 1154mg50%
Potassium 496mg14%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 561IU11%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.